Sunday, August 12, 2012

British Comedy Showcase: Insurance Against Becoming Jewish


We've shared lots of comedy sketches among the almost 900 posts since Jewish Humor Central started in October 2009, and most of them are either American or Israeli. But Jewish comedy isn't limited by geography. So we're going further afield to find some funny shtick that comes from other countries.

The Two Ronnies was a British sketch show that aired on BBC1 from 1971 to 1987. It featured the double act of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, the "Two Ronnies" of the title.
Their satire reminds us of some of the classic sketches of Monty Python and Saturday Night Live.

One of the most popular sketches performed by the Two Ronnies was a scene in an insurance company office where Barker, dressed in full chassidic regalia, asks Corbett if he can buy a policy against becoming Jewish. The audience ate it up, and we hope you enjoy it, too.

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